Police investigating death of woman found in east Indianapolis condominium

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Man arrested in mom's murder
East side woman killed

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - An Indianapolis man is behind bars, accused in the murder of his own mother.

Gabriel Bassey, 34, is scheduled for his initial court hearing Friday afternoon.

The Marion County coroner told Eyewitness News his mother Patricia Bassey died from blunt force trauma.

Metro officers found her dead inside their condo on East 20th Street Wednesday morning.

The son reportedly called 911, saying he thought he may have killed his mother during a heated argument the night before.

Officers responded to the call at the Chatham Walk Condominiums near E. 21st Street and N. Franklin Road just before 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Neighbors came out to see the line of police cars and crime lab vans on their street. Ken Stiles said he hasn't seen this much activity near his home in quite some time.

"Several years ago, ten years now, we had a problem with people trying to get away and they drove through the fence," he said.

Capt. Jerry Leary with IMPD's homicide unit told Eyewitness News investigators waited on a search warrant to enter the victim's condominium to collect possible evidence in the case.

"These are very closely situated together, so if anybody here in the complex has information, we would greatly appreciate it," he said.

Stiles is always praying about the violence he hears about on the city's east side where he calls home.

"You hear about all the shootings and stuff. As far as I am concerned, it's up at 38th and Post and Post and 42nd and I keep praying it does not come this way."

Stiles told Eyewitness News property managers eventually put up a fence between their backyards and the Chatham Walk Drive. He believes it has help cut down on foot traffic in the area and provide a divide for the Crime Watch area for Chatham Walk.

Stiles says this kind of violence comes as a surprise, especially since they are in a crime watch area.

If you have any information about the investigation, call IMPD Homicide at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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